Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2007: A


Abbas, Mahmoud
Born 26 March 1935  (Safed, Palestine)
President of the Palestinian Authority.
[Picture of Mahmoud Abbas]


Abbot, Russ
Born 16 September 1947  (Chester, England)
Comedian and actor. Born Russell Roberts, he was voted "funniest man on television" 5 times. If he was the funniest, then we'd hate to see who was the unfunniest. Also Pipe Smoker of the Year 2001, which might be more relevant to the DDP.
[Picture of Russ Abbot]


Abdel-Rahman, Omar
Born 3 May 1938  (Egypt)
Blind Muslim cleric and militant leader, currently serving life for plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
[Picture of Omar Abdel-Rahman]


Abdel-Rahman, Raouf
Born in Halabja, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
The judge who presided over the trial of Saddam Hussein from January 2006 onwards. Born 1942.
[Picture of Raouf Abdel-Rahman]


Abdul, Paula
Born 19 June 1962  (San Fernando, California, USA)
Dancer, singer and now judge on "American Idol".
[Picture of Paula Abdul]


Abramovich, Roman
Born 24 October 1966  (Saratov, USSR)
Billionaire oil baron and owner of Chelsea FC.
[Picture of Roman Abramovich]


Abrams, M. H.
Born 23 July 1912  (Long Branch, New Jersey, USA)
US literary critic. M. H. = Meyer Howard.
[Picture of M. H. Abrams]


Abse, Leo (Died in 2008)
Born 22 April 1917  (Cardiff, Wales)
Labour MP for Pontypool, 1958-1987. Introduced the Private Member's Bill (fnarr!) that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
[Picture of Leo Abse]


Abu-Jamal, Mumia
Born 24 April 1954  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Political activist, born Wesley Cook, who was on Death Row for the murder of a policeman, then had his sentence commuted to life, but may yet still face execution.
[Picture of Mumia Abu-Jamal]


Ackland, Joss
Born 29 February 1928  (North Kensington, London, England)
Distinguished and experienced actor, still working. His date of birth drastically reduces the chances of anyone collecting a "party pooper" bonus on him.
[Picture of Joss Ackland]


Adair, Johnny 'Mad Dog'
Born 27 October 1963  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Ulster paramilitary and "freedom fighter". After internal feuds within the faction, he moved to the UK in order to avoid assassination. Also partial to a spot of boozing, drug-taking and wife-beating.
[Picture of Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair]


Adams, Gerry
Born 6 October 1948  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
President of the Irish Republican party Sinn Féin.
[Picture of Gerry Adams]


Adams, Richard
Born 9 May 1920  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)
Author of "Watership Down".
[Picture of Richard Adams]


Addad, Youssef
Date and place of birth unknown
Moroccan terrorist, sentenced to death for a 2003 car bombing which killed 45 people.
[Picture of Youssef Addad]


Adler, Steven
Born 22 January 1965  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Former Guns N' Roses drummer.
[Picture of Steven Adler]


Agca, Mehmet Ali
Born 9 January 1958  (Ismailli, Hekimhan, Malatya, Turkey)
Turkish gunman who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981. Currently serving time for an assassination attempt on someone else that actually did succeed.
[Picture of Mehmet Ali Agca]


Agutter, Jenny
Born 20 January 1952  (Taunton, Somerset, England)
Star of "The Railway Children" and "Logan's Run".
[Picture of Jenny Agutter]


Aherne, Caroline
Born 24 December 1963  (Ealing, London, England)
Comedienne and writer, known for her characters Mrs Merton, the "scorchio" weather forecaster on "The Fast Show", and Denise in "The Royle Family". Also known for her battle with drink, drugs and depression. Currently living in Australia.
[Picture of Caroline Aherne]


Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud
Born 28 October 1956  (Garmsar, Iran)
Plainly bonkers, holocaust-denying President of Iran.
[Picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]


Ahmed, Abdullahi Yusufm (Died in 2012)
Born 15 December 1934  (Galkacyo, Somalia)
Current president of Somalia, who returned to the capital in 2007 after his side seemingly won the aeons-long battle to win control of the anarchic, war-ravaged country. Survived an assassination attempt in 2006.
[Picture of Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed]


Ahmed, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh
Born 25 July 1964  (Shabeellaha Dhexe, Somalia)
Leader of the Islamists in Somalia, who fled after their recent defeat in the civil war. First went to Kenya, but is now reportedly in Yemen.
[Picture of Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed]


Ahmed, Sultan Hashim
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Defence Minister of Iraq, one of Saddam Hussein's chief cronies. Currently charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity in the so-called Anfal trial. Born in 1940 or '41.
[Picture of Sultan Hashim Ahmed]


Ainscow, Wendy
Date and place of birth unknown
Retired teacher who survived a suicide pact in which her husband died in 2004. She has since made further unsuccessful attempts on her life due to the pressures of coping with an adult daughter whose autism causes her to spend huge amounts of money. Born 1941.
[Picture of Wendy Ainscow]


Born 8 May 1969  (Hawaii)
Real name Chad George Rowan. The first non-Japanese person to reach the highest rank of the "sport" of sumo wrestling. Has now quit sumo, but still wrestling professionally in the US.
[Picture of Akebono]


Akihito of Japan, Emperor
Born 23 December 1933  (Tokyo, Japan)
First son of Emperor Hirohito, acceded to the Imperial throne on the death of his father in 1989.
[Picture of Emperor Akihito of Japan]


al-Abdullah al-Salim al-Sabah, Sheikh Saad (Died in 2008)
Date and place of birth unknown
Served as Emir of Kuwait for just 10 days in January 2006, but before that, played a key role in liberating Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's regime. Born in 1929 or 1930.
[Picture of Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Salim al-Sabah]


al-Ani, Taher Muhammad
Date and place of birth unknown
Former governor of the Nineveh region of Iraq. Currently stands accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Anfal trial.
[Picture of Taher Muhammad al-Ani]


al-Bandar, Awad Hamed Awad Hamed al-Bandar is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 15 January 2007  (Baghdad, Iraq)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
Former Chief Justice of the Revolutionary Court, i.e. Iraq's top judge under the Saddam Hussein regime. Born in 1946. In 1982, he issued death sentences against 142 innocent citizens of the town of Dujail, and for this, he received his very own death sentence in November 2006, which was carried out a few weeks later.
[Picture of Awad Hamed al-Bandar]


Albarn, Damon
Born 23 March 1968  (Leytonstone, London, England)
Former lead singer of Blur, also behind Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad and The Queen.
[Picture of Damon Albarn]


Alda, Alan
Born 28 January 1936  (New York, New York, USA)
US actor, best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in "M*A*S*H".
[Picture of Alan Alda]


al-Douri, Izzat Ibrahim
Born 1 July 1942  (Tikrit, Iraq)
The highest-ranking member of the former Iraqi regime who is still at large - the King of Clubs in the famous pack of cards. Thought to be masterminding attacks on coalition forces, and a $10m reward has been offered for his capture. Strangely Scottish-looking, with his ginger moustache. Reported to have died of leukaemia in late 2005, but no official confirmation as yet.
[Picture of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri]


Aldrin, Buzz
Born 20 January 1930  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Second man on the Moon, who has always claimed he'd have been the first if it wasn't for the fact that the only door of the lunar lander was on Neil Armstrong's side.
[Picture of Buzz Aldrin]


al-Duleimi, Khalil
Date and place of birth unknown
Was one of the defence lawyers at Saddam Hussein's trial - in fact, the only one actually based in Iraq. Has received death threats and gone into hiding, but plans to write a book about the "many secrets" that Saddam revealed to him.
[Picture of Khalil al-Duleimi]


Alexander, Jean
Born 24 February 1926  (Liverpool, England)
Best known as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Jean Alexander]


Alexander, Terence (Died in 2009)
Born 11 March 1923  (London, England)
Retired British actor, best remembered for his role as Charlie Hungerford in "Bergerac".
[Picture of Terence Alexander]


Alexandra, Princess
Born 25 December 1936  (Windsor, Berkshire, England)
First cousin of the Queen and sister to Prince Michael of Kent. Variously known as The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent.
[Picture of Princess Alexandra]


Al-Fayed, Mohammed
Born 27 January 1929  (Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt)
Owner of Harrods and Fulham FC. Not overly popular in many quarters, but at least he lives in Switzerland now.
[Picture of Mohammed Al-Fayed]


al-Gaddafi, Colonel Muammar (Died in 2011)
Born in Surt, Libya  (exact date unknown)
Controversial leader of Libya since 1969. Now something of a reformed character, after being the USA's number 1 target in the mid '80s. Still clearly bonkers nonetheless. Born 1942.
[Picture of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi]


Ali, Muhammad
Born 17 January 1942  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, ditched his "slave name" in 1964. Won an Olympic gold boxing medal at age 18 and went on to become world heavyweight champion. Now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Muhammad Ali]


Alia, Ramiz (Died in 2011)
Born 18 October 1925  (Shkodra, Albania)
Leader of Communist Albania from 1985-92.
[Picture of Ramiz Alia]


al-Jaourah, Nabeel Ahmed Issal
Born in Jordan  (exact date unknown)
Gunman who killed a British tourist in Amman as an act of revenge for Middle Eastern intervention. Sentenced to death in 2006. Born 1968.
[Picture of Nabeel Ahmed Issal al-Jaourah]


al-Jibouri, Farhan
Date and place of birth unknown
Another of Saddam Hussein's former henchmen. Currently on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Anfal trial.
[Picture of Farhan al-Jibouri]


Alkhanov, Alu
Born 20 January 1957  (Taldy-Kurganskaya oblast', Kazakhstan)
Current President of the highly-unstable Chechen Republic.
[Picture of Alu Alkhanov]


Allawi, Iyad
Born in Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Was the interim Prime Minister of Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005, and as such a favourite assassination target for insurgents. Born in 1945.
[Picture of Iyad Allawi]


Allen, Lily
Born 2 May 1985  (Hammersmith, London, England)
Pop singer who owes her fame to myspace.com. That and the fact that her dad happens to be TV personality Keith Allen.
[Picture of Lily Allen]


Allen, Marty
Born 22 March 1922  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Stand-up comedian and actor, far better known across the Atlantic than here in the UK.
[Picture of Marty Allen]


Allen, Sandy (Died in 2008)
Born 18 June 1955  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Currently the tallest woman in the world, standing at 7ft 7.25in.
[Picture of Sandy Allen]


Allen, Woody
Born 1 December 1935  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comedy film actor/writer/director, born Allen Stewart Konigsberg.
[Picture of Woody Allen]


Allingham, Henry (Died in 2009)
Born 6 June 1896  (Clapham, London, England)
First World War veteran who is now Britain's oldest man.
[Picture of Henry Allingham]


Allison, Malcolm (Died in 2010)
Born 5 September 1927  (Dartford, Kent, England)
Extrovert and flamboyant ex-football manager, rarely seen without fedora and cigar. Managed a host of clubs, but is perhaps best remembered for his time at Manchester City, who he still occasionally watches these days.
[Picture of Malcolm Allison]


Allman, Gregg
Born 8 December 1947  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Founder of the Allman Brothers Band, who lived the hedonistic rock 'n' roll lifestyle for many years.
[Picture of Gregg Allman]


al-Majid, Ali Hassan (Died in 2010)
Date and place of birth unknown
Cousin of Saddam Hussein, who served as the Minister of Defence under his regime. Termed "Chemical Ali" by the media for allegedly ordering a chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in March 1988, killing thousands. Was the King of Spades in the famous deck of cards until his capture by US forces in August 2003. Currently awaiting trial for war crimes. Born 1941.
[Picture of Ali Hassan al-Majid]


al-Maliki, Nouri
Born in Abu Gharaq, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Prime Minister of Iraq since May 2006. Later that year, he took the unusual step of announcing that he wasn't enjoying his job and wouldn't be standing for a second term in office, which loosely translates as "I'm a moving target and I'm absolutely sh*tting myself". Born in 1950.
[Picture of Nouri al-Maliki]


al-Masri, Abu Ayyub (Died in 2010)
Date and place of birth unknown
Reportedly became the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq following the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in an airstrike in June 2006. Born in 1967, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer.
[Picture of Abu Ayyub al-Masri]


al-Masri, Abu Hamza
Born 15 April 1958  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Blind, one-armed and loopy Muslim cleric, currently in jail for inciting racial hatred.
[Picture of Abu Hamza al-Masri]


Almond, Marc
Born 9 July 1956  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Flamboyantly gay singer, formerly frontman of Soft Cell and Coil.
[Picture of Marc Almond]


Alonso, Fernando
Born 29 July 1981  (Oviedo, Spain)
2006 Formula 1 world champion, the youngest driver ever to hold this title.
[Picture of Fernando Alonso]


al-Sadr, Moqtada
Born in Baghdad, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Leader of a major insurgent force in Iraq, who made noises about "going legit" for the 2005 elections, but is still wanted by the US on a "capture or kill" basis. Born 1974, exact date unknown.
[Picture of Moqtada al-Sadr]


al-Tikriti, Barzan Ibrahim Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti is no longer with us
Born 17 February 1951  (Tikrit, Iraq)

Died 15 January 2007  (Baghdad, Iraq)

Age at death: 55  (read death notice)
Half-brother of Saddam Hussein and former head of Mukhabarat, the Iraqi secret service. Was the 5 of Clubs in the famous deck of cards, but was captured by the Americans in April 2003, sentenced to death in November 2006, and hanged a few weeks later.
[Picture of Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti]


al-Tikriti, Hussein Rashid
Date and place of birth unknown
Former head of the Republican Guard and member of Saddam Hussein's family. Currently stands accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Anfal trial. Born in 1939 or '40.
[Picture of Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti]


al-Turabi, Hassan
Born in Kassala, Sudan  (exact date unknown)
Eminent political leader in Sudan, who has fallen in and out of favour with the Sudanese Government on many occasions. Born 1932.
[Picture of Hassan al-Turabi]


al-Zahar, Mahmoud
Born in Gaza, Gaza Strip  (exact date unknown)
One of the founding members of Hamas in 1987, becoming its first press spokesman. Born 1945.
[Picture of Mahmoud al-Zahar]


Amin, Rizgar Mohammed
Born in Sulaimaniya, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Chief judge in the Saddam Hussein trial. Born 1958.
[Picture of Rizgar Mohammed Amin]


Born 17 September 1973  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Pop singer ("I'm Outta Love", "One Day In Your Life"). Has had Crohn's disease since the age of 13, and also battled breast cancer in 2003.
[Picture of Anastacia]


Anderson, Pamela
Born 1 July 1967  (Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada)
One of the great intellectuals of our time, and part-time model, actress and sex symbol.
[Picture of Pamela Anderson]


Anderson, Sparky (Died in 2010)
Born 22 February 1934  (Bridgewater, South Dakota, USA)
Legendary baseball manager, apparently.
[Picture of Sparky Anderson]


Andrews, Jane
Born in Lincolnshire, England  (exact date unknown)
Sarah Ferguson's ex-maid. Serving a life sentence for the murder of her boyfriend, she ended up on a life support machine after a suicide attempt in October 2003.
[Picture of Jane Andrews]


Andrews, Julie
Born 1 October 1935  (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England)
Actress - star of "The Sound of Music".
[Picture of Julie Andrews]


Andrews, Patty (Died in 2013)
Born 16 February 1918  (Mound, Minnesota, USA)
Was one-third of The Andrews Sisters, along with her older (and now dead) siblings Laverne and Maxene. Their best-known song was probably 'Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree'. Patty is the one in the middle in the photo.
[Picture of Patty Andrews]


Angelica, Mother
Born 20 April 1923  (Canton, Ohio, USA)
Born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, she went on to found the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), the largest Catholic cable network with an audience of about 66 million households in 43 countries.
[Picture of Mother Angelica]


Angelou, Maya
Born 4 February 1928  (St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Emiment US literary figure - poet, actress and civil rights veteran.
[Picture of Maya Angelou]


Angle, Kurt
Born 9 December 1968  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Yet another wrestler.
[Picture of Kurt Angle]


Anne, Princess
Born 15 August 1950  (London, England)
The Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
[Picture of Princess Anne]


Ansara, Michael (Died in 2013)
Born 15 April 1922  (Syria)
US actor, known for his sci-fi roles in "Star Trek", "Babylon 5" and "Buck Rogers".
[Picture of Michael Ansara]


Ant, Adam
Born 3 November 1954  (London, England)
New Romantic singer - a pin-up in his heyday, but now old, overweight and suffering from depression. Was detained under the Mental Health Act in 2002 after throwing a car alternator through a pub window.
[Picture of Adam Ant]


Antonioni, Michelangelo Michelangelo Antonioni is no longer with us
Born 29 September 1912  (Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

Died 30 July 2007  (Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Italian film director.
[Picture of Michelangelo Antonioni]


Aoun, Michel
Born 17 February 1935  (Beirut, Lebanon)
Lebanese military commander and politician. Also briefly ex-PM and President of the country. Not the safest of job roles, being a Lebanese politican right now...
[Picture of Michel Aoun]


arap Moi, Daniel
Born 2 September 1924  (Sacho, Baringo, Kenya)
President of Kenya from 1978-2002. Still dogged by controversies stemming from his time in office.
[Picture of Daniel arap Moi]


Arbus, Allan (Died in 2013)
Born 15 February 1918  (New York, New York, USA)
Veteran US actor, best known for his role as Dr Sidney Freedman in "M*A*S*H".
[Picture of Allan Arbus]


Arcese, Pat
Born 22 October 1958  (place of birth unknown)
9/11 rescue worker who was struck down by cancer shortly thereafter, he claims due to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero.
[Picture of Pat Arcese]


Archer, Bill
Date and place of birth unknown
The founder of the Wickes and Focus DIY superstore chains and the former chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion, who presided over the sale of the football ground in 1997, a "business" decision the club is still struggling to recover from.
[Picture of Bill Archer]


Archerd, Army (Died in 2009)
Born 13 January 1922  (Bronx, New York, USA)
Gossip columnist for Variety magazine for over 50 years until his retirement in 2005. He was the man who revealed to the world that Rock Hudson died of AIDS.
[Picture of Army Archerd]


Armstrong, Bruce
Born 7 September 1965  (Miami, Florida, USA)
Former New England Patriots American footballer.
[Picture of Bruce Armstrong]


Armstrong, Curtis
Born 27 November 1953  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
American actor of "Revenge of the Nerds" fame.
[Picture of Curtis Armstrong]


Armstrong, Lance
Born 18 September 1971  (Plano, Texas, USA)
Former cyclist, 7 times winner of the Tour de France, who overcame brain, lung and testicular cancer.
[Picture of Lance Armstrong]


Armstrong, Neil (Died in 2012)
Born 5 August 1930  (Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA)
First man on the moon...or actor in an unconvincing Hollywood film set, depending on who you believe.
[Picture of Neil Armstrong]


Armstrong, R. G. (Died in 2012)
Born 7 April 1917  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
Stage, film and TV actor, best known for playing evil Lewis Vendredi in the TV adaptation of "Friday the 13th". R. G. = Robert Golden.
[Picture of R. G. Armstrong]


Arness, James (Died in 2011)
Born 26 May 1923  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Star of US TV show "Gunsmoke", as well as having a long and varied film career.
[Picture of James Arness]


Arnheim, Rudolf Rudolf Arnheim is no longer with us
Born 15 July 1904  (Berlin, Germany)

Died 9 June 2007  (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)

Age at death: 102  (read death notice)
German writer and perceptual psychologist, author of the gripping "Art and Visual Perception" (1974). "A page-turner...one of those books you just can't put down" (Garry Bushell, The Sun).
[Picture of Rudolf Arnheim]


Arnold, Eddy (Died in 2008)
Born 18 May 1918  (Madisonville, Tennessee, USA)
Country & western singer. His hits include "That's How Much I Love You" (1946), "Kentucky Waltz" (1951), and "Make the World Go Away" (1965). Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966. Nicknamed 'The Tennessee Plowboy'.
[Picture of Eddy Arnold]


Arnold, Eve (Died in 2012)
Born 21 April 1912  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
American photojournalist, who now lives in Britain.
[Picture of Eve Arnold]


Arthur, Bea (Died in 2009)
Born 13 May 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Stage and TV actress, born Bernice Frankel. Best remembered as the tall one out of The Golden Girls who looked like a man in drag. Won an Emmy for her role in it, as did the other three main cast members.
[Picture of Bea Arthur]


Arvizo, Gavin
Born 2 December 1989  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
The teenage cancer sufferer who accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing him.
[Picture of Gavin Arvizo]


Asahara, Shoko
Born 2 March 1955  (Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan)
Leader of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult. Sentenced to death last year for his gas attack on a Tokyo subway, but it may be several years before the sentence is carried out.
[Picture of Shoko Asahara]


Ash, Lesley
Born 19 February 1960  (Clapham, London, England)
Actress, one of the stars of "Men Behaving Badly". Collagen lip implants went badly wrong in 2003, leaving her with what the tabloids described as a "trout pout". After being beaten up by her husband, ex-footballer Lee Chapman, in 2004, she picked up an infection in hospital. According to papers filed in the courts in 2007, suing the hospital, she still has mild paraparesis, loss of some power and motor control in the legs, and some loss of bladder control. It is unlikely she will be able to return to an active role as an actress.
[Picture of Lesley Ash]


Ashbery, John
Born 8 July 1927  (Rochester, New York, USA)
Poet who has won nearly every major award going.
[Picture of John Ashbery]


Ashley of Stoke, Lord (Died in 2012)
Born 6 December 1922  (Widnes, Cheshire, England)
Former Labour MP (in fact he was the UK's first totally deaf MP) and now member of the House of Lords.
[Picture of Lord Ashley of Stoke]


Asner, Ed
Born 15 November 1929  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
US actor, who has mostly appeared in TV programmes such as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".
[Picture of Ed Asner]


Aspel, Michael
Born 12 January 1933  (London, England)
Host of "This Is Your Life" and "Antiques Roadshow", who has been suffering from cancer. Still continues to work, however.
[Picture of Michael Aspel]


Assia, Lys
Born 3 March 1926  (Lenzburg, Aargau, Switzerland)
Swiss singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Real name: Rosa Mina Schärer.
[Picture of Lys Assia]


Astin, John
Born 30 March 1930  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Actor - starred as Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family", and has mainly appeared in TV comedies since.
[Picture of John Astin]


Astor, Brooke Brooke Astor is no longer with us
Born 30 March 1902  (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA)

Died 13 August 2007  (New York, New York, USA)

Age at death: 105  (read death notice)
New York socialite and philanthropist, who gave around $200m in grants to various organisations.
[Picture of Brooke Astor]


Attenborough, Sir David
Born 8 May 1926  (London, England)
Broadcaster, author, naturalist and also ex-Controller of BBC2. Brother of Sir Richard.
[Picture of Sir David Attenborough]


Attenborough, Sir Richard
Born 29 August 1923  (Cambridge, England)
Oscar-winning film director, general luvvie, and brother of Sir David.
[Picture of Sir Richard Attenborough]


Audus, Leslie J. (Died in 2011)
Born 9 December 1911  (place of birth unknown)
[Picture of Leslie J. Audus]


Aweys, Sheikh Hassan
Date and place of birth unknown
Somalian Islamist leader, born 1945. Has a distinctive and quite frankly ridiculous red beard.
[Picture of Sheikh Hassan Aweys]


Aykroyd, Dan
Born 1 July 1952  (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Comedian, actor, musician and screenwriter, of "Blues Brothers", "Ghostbusters" and "Saturday Night Live" fame.
[Picture of Dan Aykroyd]


Aziz, Saber Abdul
Date and place of birth unknown
Iraqi intelligence expert, yet another currently being tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Anfal trial.
[Picture of Saber Abdul Aziz]


Aznavour, Charles
Born 22 May 1924  (Paris, France)
Watery-eyed French crooner.
[Picture of Charles Aznavour]

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